Job Description

The Early Childhood Education program of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach is looking for a Full-time Preschool Teachers to work with children between 2yrs to 5yrs of age and provide leadership support to our YMCA First Friendships Preschool, locating in the city of Long Beach. Teachers will assist in the supervision of program participants and staff, implement program curriculum in the classroom and provide a quality experience to children and parents that focuses on the YMCA core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

This is a full time position with excellent benefits. Please include resume.

Schedule/hours/days: Vary between 7am - 5pm. 

Essential Functions:

  • Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program for children and families to include environment, curriculum, materials etc.
  • Implement and promote NAEYC and ECERS standards to ensure a high quality, developmentally appropriate program for young children at all times.
  • Assume responsibility for planning, providing, and evaluating indoor and outdoor environment, activities and routines to meet State and Licensing requirements.
  • Promote a culturally sensitive, language driven environment that acknowledges and celebrates the diversity among families, and uses supplies and equipment that reflect the diversity within the community.
  • Model and promotes positive behavior, attitude and language while developing positive conflict resolution skills among children, parents and staff. Maintains open lines of communication with parents, staff and administration.
  • Conduct a range of activities that promote family involvement, membership by design, and relationship by design.
  • Document children’s developmental growth with portfolios which include assessments, observations, and sample of children’s work and discuss them with parents during periodic parent conferences.
  • Train and mentor support staff in order to assure consistency in quality, curriculum and program philosophy.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with participant, parents, staff and supervisor.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

YMCA Competencies (Leader):

Mission and Community Oriented: Accepts and demonstrates YMCA values. Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions and perceptions. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them.

People Oriented: Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Results Oriented: Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another.

Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Supports fundraising. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately.

Personal Development Oriented: Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process.


We are looking for Teachers who demonstrate a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Building rapport and relating to the members is important. The YMCA staff strive to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for our members. We embrace new approaches and discovering ideas on how to create a better experience for our participants. If this sounds like a job for you please apply for this position!

Full-Time Perks!

  • Health Benefits – We offer multiple robust medical, dental, and vision plan options for employees to choose from.
  • Life Insurance and LTD – The Y pays for a life insurance and long-term disability policy for all full time employees.
  • Paid Time Off – We offer vacation, floating holiday, and sick pay, accrued based on hours worked. We also provide 6 paid holidays.
  • Y Retirement – Based on hours worked, employees are eligible for our 12% employer-funded retirement plan after two years of service with immediate vesting.
  • 403(B) Account – All employees can make contributions to retirement benefits through a 403(b) savings plan right from the start of employment.
  • Fitness Membership – Employees receive a free fitness membership for themselves and their immediate family members that allows access to all of our association facilities.
  • Program Discounts – Get 20% off all Y programs, including childcare, personal training, swim lessons, and sports.
  • Fun Express Discounts – Get major discounts on amusement parks and local attractions just by being employed at the Y!
  • Cool Coworkers – When you join our team you get the ability to work with creative, talented, and diverse individuals!
  • Referral Bonus – Get a $200 referral bonus for referring a qualifying individual for a valid opening, part time or full time. Referred individual must be on payroll for 2months.

Skills / Requirements


  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. 24 units of Childhood Education/Child Development units required including core course; Child Human Growth and Development, Child, Family & Community or Child and Family Relations; and Programs Curriculum) at a WASC accredited institution. 16 units of GE in humanities/fine arts, social sciences, math/science, English/language arts at an EASC accredited institution.
  3. 175 days of 3+hours per day within 2 years. Experience supervising and providing instruction to staff required
  4. Current Pediatric CPR and First Aide Certification and Health & Safety Class required within first 3 months of employment.
  5. Immunization record: Influenza or waiver, Tdap (Pertussis), and MMR(Measles)
  6. CDSS Mandated Reported (AB1207) training required within first month of employment.
  7. Criminal Clearance: including fingerprints
  8. Health Exam Screening with Neg TB test and Negative Drug test screening.
  9. Complete ALL required online training(s).   
  10. Covid-19 Vaccination preferred.
  11. Ability to plan, organize, and implement age-appropriate/developmentally appropriate program activities
  12. Previous experience with diverse populations.

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience working with children between the ages of 18months to 5yrs of age.
  • Proficient in working with children with challenging behaviors. 
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to manage and supervise classroom support staff.

Working Conditions:

Environmental Factors:  Indoor and outdoor facilities (e.g. childcare and recreational sites); exposure to heat, cold, potentially hazardous chemicals, toxic materials; work on slippery or uneven surfaces.  Noise level is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, talk, hear, stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.